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Such Is Life: How Coeur Mining (NYSE:CDE) Shareholders Saw Their Shares Drop 62%

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Investing in stocks comes with the risk that the share price will fall. Anyone who held Coeur Mining, Inc. ( NYSE:CDE ) over the last year knows what a loser feels like. The share price is down a hefty 62% in that time. Notably, shareholders had a tough run over the longer term, too, with a drop of 59% in the last three years. Furthermore, it's down 39% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. This could be related to the recent financial results - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report .

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View our latest analysis for Coeur Mining

Coeur Mining isn't a profitable company, so it is unlikely we'll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

Coeur Mining's revenue didn't grow at all in the last year. In fact, it fell 10%. That's not what investors generally want to see. In the absence of profits, it's not unreasonable that the share price fell 62%. Fingers crossed this is the low ebb for the stock. We have a natural aversion to companies that are losing money and shrinking revenue. But perhaps that is being too careful.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

NYSE:CDE Income Statement, May 17th 2019

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Coeur Mining will earn in the future (free profit forecasts) .

A Different Perspective

Investors in Coeur Mining had a tough year, with a total loss of 62%, against a market gain of about 5.2%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 17% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should 'buy when there is blood on the streets', but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

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